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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 00:00

TRADEMARKS CAN BE OFFENSIVE!

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Trademarks can be offensive according the United States Supreme Court! Yesterday, the highest court in the nation decided the Matal v. Tam case, which asked whether a band with an offensive name had a right to make their name a trademark. The disparagement clause, a law against insulting or offensive language, in the Patent and Trademark Office had led the office to deny the trademark and the case had worked its way all the way up to the top Court. The Court however ruled that First Amendment allowed for the name to be trademarked. Justice Alito gave this reasoning for…
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 00:00

THE CONSEQUENCES: WHEN VIRTUAL MEETS REALITY

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In the "Age of Technology" its sometimes hard to remember that the things that we do virtually can have a real impact on our actual lives. Several would-be Harvard students recently learned this lesson the hard way when their college acceptance offers were rescinded based on offensive posts made on their social media accounts. For many, the idea that a school would refuse admittance based on a meme posted by a potential student may be shocking; but it shouldn't be. After all, when you apply for a job one of the first things that your future employer will do is…
Friday, 09 June 2017 00:00

CAMP O'CONNOR

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As the week ends so does the successful conclusion of Camp O'Connor, a free week-long summer program for accepted middle school students. Students gathered at the Sandra Day O'Connor Institute to improve their civic knowledge and leadership skills. To see some of the festivities and learn more about the program head over to their LawforKids Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LawforKids/.
Thursday, 01 June 2017 00:00

GOOD ENOUGH?

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An end of the year project goes viral for Olivia Vella, a 7th grader at Queen Creek Middle School, who wrote and recited her slam style poem to her writing class. The poem describes a struggle any middle school student can identify with; "am I good enough?" Watch Vella's video and hear her answer.
Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

PIMA COUNTY GOES HANDS-FREE

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Pima County will be going hands-free starting on June 1st. This means that it will be illegal to use a handheld electronic device while driving unless you are using a hands-free setup. Unlike the previous law this ordinance will make it a primary offense which will allow a police officer to pull a person over if they see a person using an outlawed device. Previously, drivers needed to be committing another violation before they could be cited for the offense. The ordinance defines a handheld electronic device as “a wireless communication device that is designed to engage in calls or…

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